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Hey there, my name is Russell Tyson. I am going to use this site to educate my readers about services offered by plumbing professionals. When I first started my company, I was unaware of all the necessary plumbing procedures needed to keep the toilets from backing up. My clients often failed to notify me when a toilet started to fail, likely due to embarrassment or a lack of time. Luckily, I was clued into the value of hiring plumbers to perform regular maintenance and repairs on the toilets to keep them in fine shape. I hope to detail those services on this site to inspire others to embrace preventative plumbing procedures.


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Investigating A Sump Pump That Continually Cycles On And Off

by Charlie Clarke

Sump pumps are basic and necessary tools that help to keep basements dry and free of standing water. If you have a sump pump, then you want to make sure it runs consistently like it should. However, if the pump seems to turn on and off constantly, then this may be an issue that needs to be addressed. Keep reading to learn about a few possible causes of this issue and how you can fix them.

The Basin Is Not Large Enough

Sump pumps are placed in holes called basin or sump pits. In most cases, the pits are constructed with your specific basement leaks and water problems in mind. Specifically, if you have a serious waterproofing issue, then the pit will be wide and deep to accommodate the volume of water flowing into the pit. If the sump pit is too small for the volume of water, then the pump will cycle on and off often to get rid of the fluid that collects in the basin. 

In most cases, sump pits are constructed when a home is only slightly wet and then leaks develop in the foundation. As this happens, the pit is no longer large enough to accommodate water volume, and the pump cycles on and off continuously. 

If you want to know if your basin is too small, then you can measure the rate at which the water flows into the pit. You will need to use a ruler to measure the height of the water within 60 seconds. Use a chart to then determine the flow rate of the water and to discover the recommended diameter of the sump pit. If the pit is way too small, then contact a plumbing professional to have a new pit added. Alternatively, you can have a plumber assess the problem so that drainage tile can move water away from the home so water does not enter the basement. 

The Float Needs To Be Adjusted

If the sump pit is large enough to deal with the water flowing into it, then there is a chance that the float is not adjusted correctly. The float is the part within the sump pump that raises and lowers in relation to the water level inside the basin itself. If the float sits too high, then the pump will turn off before all the water is able to drain from the basin. 

Look in your sump pump owner's manual to see how you can adjust the float. Also, make sure the device is clean and able to move freely. Sometimes floats can stick and will not function properly. This can cause issues with poor function as well.